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AIB234
post Mar 11 2007, 07:06 AM
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What kind of music do you play that allows you to practice things like pentatonic scales (which is the first thing I've started learning since joining GMC)?

I am obviously no where close to being able to shred so stuff like Yngwie and lots of other stuff at that level is way above my level.

What recommendations would you make to a beginner as per music I could start learning that would reinforce the stuff I am learning from GMC? At least, without having to slow down some shreddie's song and practice it for 3 years before I could play it.

I can pick up any type of music that I like to play and learn it, but I'd like to start learning stuff that is do able for me and would allow me to use pentatonics.


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post Mar 11 2007, 07:15 AM
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I kid you not, when I really started working on learning the different scales, I played a lot of Johnny Cash and just expanded the solos.
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post Mar 11 2007, 07:32 AM
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What scales does he often use?

I like some of Cash's stuff so I wouldn't mind learning it.


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post Mar 11 2007, 07:55 AM
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QUOTE (AIB234 @ Mar 11 2007, 01:32 AM) *
What scales does he often use?

I like some of Cash's stuff so I wouldn't mind learning it.


It's all basic stuff. I didn't necessarily play what scales he would have used. I'd just throw on a song and play whatever scale went with the chord progression. It didn't necessarily go with the song. I just wanted to match scales with progressions.
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post Mar 11 2007, 05:49 PM
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Ah that's cool.

A nice creative way to learn the scales, shifting between them, AND improvise.


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post Mar 11 2007, 08:17 PM
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Just play stuff you enjoy.

For me it was lots of Rage, Incubus, Chili Peppers.


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post Mar 11 2007, 08:20 PM
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I do play what I like, but I would like to play some stuff that reinforces the stuff I have been learning here on my way to becoming a shreddie!


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post Mar 11 2007, 11:05 PM
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QUOTE (AIB234 @ Mar 11 2007, 08:20 PM) *
I do play what I like, but I would like to play some stuff that reinforces the stuff I have been learning here on my way to becoming a shreddie!

Try listening to Randy Rhoads stuff while he was with Ozzy, not ridicilously fast and really sweet. You could listen to Zakk aswell performing Rhoads solos, he honors them well smile.gif
Jake E Lee has a good school example solo in Bark at the moon.

I guess that would be all Pentatonic scale and Aeolian mode. Rhoads solos (fex Crazy train and Mr Crowley) shows alternate picking, tapping.. neat stuff really to play.

Bark at the moon has a real nice run down the neck in the end of the solo (Aeolian mode?) and the song ends with some semi-fast hammer on/off patterns.

Yngwie Malmsteens "Far beyong the sun" is good stuff to practice. It starts with an easy intro, followed by some speed picking and when the sweeping somes in... I'm lost tongue.gif
But I mean, just play it as far as you can then try the stuff you get stuck at.. practice that part over and over again. Play the entire song again, get stuck and practice over and over again, again. biggrin.gif

Good luck!


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post Mar 11 2007, 11:52 PM
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I learned guitar playing old metallica.I think that helped me become a good guitarist.I still cant sweep pick but most everything else i can do.I guess it all depends on what music you like.Kirk Hammet of metallica always uses pentonic scales in his solo's .you can make some great leads with the pentonic scale just keep practicing it and try to sped it up day by day and i think you would be impressed


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post Mar 12 2007, 01:30 AM
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Thanks for the tips everyone.

I love Metallica so I'll take a look at their stuff. Are there any songs you would recommend for a newbie, Dan?


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